First Parish of Norwell
First Parish of Norwell Sunday Morning Worship<br/> The Pulpit Adult Choir<br/> First Parish of Norwell<br/> First Parish Members<br/> Baby Care and Preschool Children's Playground The James Library The Kent House<br/> The North River Sharing a Meal<br/> Grandma's Attic at the Holiday Fair Alliance Bake Sale Holiday Fair Knitters Gift Baskets at the Holiday Fair Close-up of the solar panels All Church Family Picnic<br/> Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche blessing the animals. First Parish of Norwell First Parish of Norwell with carriage sheds Rev. Len on Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Candlelight Community  Service

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Are you looking for a welcoming location for your special event? Consider First Parish of Norwell. Our beautiful and historic meeting house, built in 1830, and our adjoining Parish Hall and Fogg Parlor are available and handicapped accessible. The meeting house has a long center aisle and is well lit by daytime sunshine or evening chandelier & candles. Organ, piano, & harpsichord as well as a sound system are available. More info....

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First Parish of Norwell
Unitarian Universalist

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for over 360 years.

Sunday Service 10 a.m.

There will be no worship services during the month of July or on August 31 (Labor Day weekend). Please join us for one of our summer worship services in August, held at the usual time of 10 am. The summer services are intergenerational, with no separate children’s program or babycare.

August 3: Sue Robinson will be speaking about Helen Fogg.
August 10: Joanne Howard will be speaking about First Parish Cemetery.
August 17: Rev. Len will be preaching on UU Catechism.
August 24: Rev. Len will be preaching – topic TBA.

Regular worship services will resume on Homecoming Sunday on September 7.

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August/September Tai Chi Classes - As part of adult programming to the congregation and greater community, First Parish of Norwell will continue to offer Tai Chi/Qigong. The next session of four classes will be held on Tuesdays: August 19, 26, and September 2 and 9 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the church Parish Hall. No special equipment, clothing, or shoes are needed. The four week session will be $20 ($5 per session) payable at the first class to Mike Showstack. New students are welcome at any time and prior registration is not necessary – so invite friends and neighbors. Download the Program Flyer.

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The Parsonage Remodeling Project has begun. Click here for more photos. Parsonage remodel


Our Minister

Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche


Minister Emeritis

Richard M. Fewkes



First Parish of Norwell
24 River Street P.O. Box 152
Norwell, MA 02061
TEL 781-659-7122
Fax: 781-659-7939



Office Hours:
Tues. - Thurs.: 9-1 p.m.
Friday: 9-12 p.m.
(the office is closed on Mondays)


Search Committee News

This is the spot where the Search Committee will post updates and news to keep the congregation informed about their search for a settled minister.


Summer Church Office Hours

The Church Office will close for the summer on Wednesday, June 25. Hope and Donna will be in the office after that for a brief period weekly (usually Wednesdays, but not always). They will not be checking voicemails or emails remotely. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact Rev. Len directly (Parsonage 781-659-7288, cell 610-360-4001). The office will re-open on the Wednesday after Labor Day, September 3.